Paradise et al. underscore the importance of incorporating the voices of people experiencing homelessness into the development of housing and substance use treatment programs, in order to reduce the risk of overdose and protect those most vulnerable to the intersecting housing and opioid overdose crises.
As Scotland's drug overdose deaths remain the highest in Europe, experts call on the government to expand beyond the pilot of one overdose prevention center and implement multiple sites, a national drug checking service and widespread diamorphine treatment.
EuroNPUD and IOAD launch the 2nd edition of the Peer-to-Peer Naloxone (P2PN) Technical Guide, showcasing case studies from Slovenia, Portugal and Canada and highlighting the role of peers in distributing naloxone to people who use drugs.
Safe drug consumption spaces prevent drug overdose deaths and reduce the risk of disease transmission, yet political and bureaucratic hurdles are continuing to delay the implementation of the first supervised injection site in Dublin.
Bonn et al. respond to critics of the safe supply model, underscoring the importance of safe supply in reducing accidental drug toxicity deaths and improving the health and well-being of people who use drugs.
Rather than protecting life, drug policing and criminalisation direct violence against people living in precariousness, exacerbate the uncertainty of the street drug supply, and divert resources and people away from care and support.
In light of the ongoing public health emergency in Scotland and the emerging threat of synthetic opioids, SDF urge the government to implement decriminalisation, drug checking services, safer consumption sites and naloxone provision.
As momentum for drug policy reform grows in Colombia, the growers of northern Cauca insist on a clear demand: that profits from legal regulation do not go to armed groups or big business, but to the growers themselves.
INPUD present a best-practice toolkit, focused on key harm reduction interventions, based on interviews with twenty peer drug user activists and harm reduction specialists from a range of different countries.
Ali et al. scrutinise British Columbia's decriminalisation policy, urging policymakers to consult with people who use drugs in order to understand and minimise the potential harmful consequences of the 2.5g threshold.